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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is accompanied by the Modi River alongside and luxuriant rhododendron forests and bamboo bushes. As soon as we head out from Nayapul, which is the starting point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you feel saturated by the nature and an unidentifiable calm in your heart and soul. Not only do you get to know nature in person, you are going to have the opportunity of talking to the native residents along the way who are known for their hospitality and warmth. The Gurung, Thakali and Magar communities have one of the most special and unique cultures in the country. It is one-of-a-kind experience to be one of them for a while and rejoice their hospitality. Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts with the river bank of the Modi River and keeps changing the settings as you ascend uphill, it transforms its natural landscapes from the river bank to the thick forests and from lush green grazing lands to the paddy field.  Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins to raise the adrenaline level when these natural settings bid farewell and the giants themselves get down on the floor to check on you. Within few hours of trek, which is nothing less than fun and pleasure, you arrive at Birethanti. You can stop by at one of the restaurants and spend some time sipping at your cups of local tea and coffee before you move ahead.  By the time you call it a day, you will already have been captivated by the nature and the unprecedented moments you have earned yourself on the very first day of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.  That is not even the best part. There is more to come and more than you have expected. On your way up, you can find the mountains like Annapurna watching you stepping 3000 stairs of Ulleri. Beautiful mountains all around and serene nature everywhere, it does not get any better than this.  It can be almost unbelievable to get back home without a scratch and not even feeling fatigue after you have spent some days of your life at the most beautiful trail in the world. It feels unreal and you feel like there is nothing more you could bargain for when you see the colorful rhododendron blossoming along the trek, nine species of rhododendron, to be specific. If that is not enough, this region is shelter to 100 species of mammals, 60 reptiles and amphibians and more than 450 species of different birds.


Itinerary:
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing 1/2 Day sightseeing to Monkeys Temple and trekking permit arrangements. O/N in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara. O/N at Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara - Lumle - Tikhe Dhunga (1491m.)
Drive to large village of Lumle and the hamlet of Chandrakot. From here the trail descends steeply to Birethanti and he banks of the Modi Khola. We follow the east bank of the Bhudigandaki with some detours to avoid cliffs. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga.
Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga - Ghorepani ( 2774)
The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to Ulleri village then more pleasantly through rhododendron forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr. above Ulleri, and further on the stream is followed, providing water for a meal stop. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there.
Day 06: Ghorepani - Tadapani
This day is up and down walking through the magnificent stand of giant rhododendrons....
Day 07: Tadapani - Chhomrung.
Dropping down from Tadapani Ghandgung offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. The village of Chhomrong lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli
Day 08: Chhomrung - Himalaya Hotel
Proceed to Kuldi Ghar 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on. From there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. The pasture of Tomo is passed by, and then the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. Then the track climbs to Himalaya hotel at the camp site.
Day 09: Annapurna South Base Camp Visita
On up the broad grassy path referred to above for about 1 and 1/2 hr. and then climb on to the lateral moraine and down the other side on to the glacier. Walking up the bed of the glacier is safe and quite easy and the British Expedition Base Camp is reached after another 1 and 1/2 hr. Base camp is at 4,237 m. The trip is best done from the lower camp, carrying only lunch, and the best views are probably obtained from the crest of the moraine, which may have been cut by the glacier flowing down from Himal Chuli to the north.
Day 10: Annapurna South Glacier Basin ( 3,858m)
The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the south Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp and one can either camp here or continue north west, staying above the glacial moraine.
Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp - Dovan
Descend and follow the same route to a pleasant camp spot at Dovan
Day 12: Dovan - Modi Khola
Once we have passed Khuldi Bikas where there is an experimental sheep Farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. After Chhomorung the trail continues steeply up stony steps to Kabre Chautara and soon after the trail to Landrung leaves the Ghandrung path dropping away towards the river.
Day 13: Modi Khola - Dhampus
Walk towards the easy way down to the Gurung village, Landrung. Then all the way down to Dhampus.
Day 14:Dhampus - Pokhara
All the way down to Pokhara via Phedi, then drive to Pokhara. Camping at lake side in Pokhara.
Day 15:Royal Chitwan National Park
Drive to Chitwan National Park upon arrival, lunch will be served, rooms assigned and there will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities.
4:00 PM: Elephant-back safari: Guests will ride on an elephant to explore the jungle and wildlife you will be able to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours.
7:00 PM: Dinner in the central dining hall. After dinner: Slide presentation. One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Royal Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.
Day 16:Royal Chitwan National Park
5:30 AM: Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee, then proceed on a Nature Walk. This encounter on foot with the environment will introduce the main features of eastern Chitwan. Sal forest, open grassland and reverie jungle. Our guides will help you identify some species of birds, plants and other wildlife that you may encounter.
8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM: Elephant briefing program: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants)
1.00 PM: Lunch Remaining hours before the afternoon program: take a dip in the pool, or relax on your verandah. Hammocks and the library are at your disposal.
4:00 PM: Canoeing :A traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti river to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. Back to resort through the Jungle.
7:00 PM: Tharu Stick dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.
8:00 PM: Dinner around the campfire.
Day 17: Chitwan - Kathmandu
5.30 AM: Bird Watching (or another elephant ride) after early morning tea/coffee.
8.00 AM: Breakfast
9.00 AM: Luggage down and departure at
9.39 AM. to Kathmandu.
The actual program for your stay, will be given to you on arrival at Resort / camp. The activities are adjusted to the season and weather conditions. Naturally, it may not always be possible to follow this schedule to the minute and the circumstances may force us to alter the program at short notice. On safari in the jungle you will be accompanied by expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. If you wish to stroll in the forest alone, a guide will have to accompany you for your safety.
Day 18: Free day on your own Kathmandu.
Day 19: Kathmandu Airport Transfer After breakfast drive to Airport for your onward destination.
 

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